Champagne tasting with Toralf Bølgen

Gamle Logen, Oslo, Norway

Tasted June 20, 2011 by asheio with 658 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Drappier Champagne Brut Nature Dosage Zero France, Champagne
87 points
Light flaxen. Autolysis, bisquits, mealy apple, cowberry, coffee and herbs.
Creamy mousse, very dry, long finish. Simple, but good.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
88 points
Very light colour. Pure aroma, green apples, citrus, yeast and minerals.
Smooth and soft. Apples, stone, some spice.

Flight 2 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Michel Arnould & Fils Champagne Grand Cru La Grande Cuvée France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
89 points
Light flaxen. Intense nose. Coffe, yeast, citrus.
Intense, relatively rich style. Quite developed. Spicy finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Ultra Brut France, Champagne
89 points
Light flaxen. Fresh aroma. Citrus, butter, some wood, yeast/mould and coffee.
Very high acidity, thight style. Intense, very dry. Will probably benefit from some time in the cellar.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
2004 Drappier Champagne Grande Sendrée France, Champagne
86 points
Flaxen. A bit shy on the nose. Yellow apples, developed aroma, autolyse, sitrus.
Very intense palate. Noticeable sugar. Almost a bit vulgar style.
White - Sparkling
1999 Lanson Champagne Gold Label Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Flaxen, a bit golden. Sitrus, some autolysis. Complex and elegant nose.
Smooth and soft, developed and elegant style. Ok acidity. Needs food.

Flight 4 (2 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Ulysse Collin Champagne Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut France, Champagne
89 points
Sponetaneous fermentation in old barrels, no dosage. Single wineyard.
Light flaxen. Developed style. Yeast, raisins and butter.
Also developed/oxidized on the palate. Medium body. A bit bitter and long finish. Different style. Interesting.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Alfred Gratien Champagne Cuvée Classique Brut France, Champagne
90 points
(Small barrels, non malo, high dosage).
Light flaxen. Rich aroma. Dried fruit, minerals, mould.
Rich on the palate. Dried fruit, high acidity, good lenght.

Flight 5 (2 notes)

Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Gosset Champagne Grand Rosé Brut France, Champagne
89 points
Very light pink. Minerals, wild strawberry, some yeast. A bit shy on the nose.
Light body. Redcurrant, high acidity.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut France, Champagne
89 points
(48-72 hours maceration).
Pink. Pure aroma, wild strawberries, a bit sweet.
Very rich style. A bit too high dosage for my taste.
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